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Mega Clinic Lecture Notes • Long Beach, CA

#1: NFL QB Mechanics for the HS QB - I/A


Ron Jenkins
#2: Receiver Mechanics & Spread Off Attack Switch Schemes - I/A

Receiver Lecture Notes


 Receiver Mechanics
 Wide Receiver Route Mechanics
 Receiver Check List Essentials
 Switch Passes
by Ron Jenkins, M.S., M.A. • www.TopGunQBAcademy.com

Here is a diagram of the footwork involved in the “Speed-cut” which is


used to create separation primarily from a defender who is still in his
back-peddle. We use this when running a 7-yard out, 12-yard out, and
some breaks across the middle of the field.

Here a receiver is breaking to his left and has just started his “Speed-
cut” by using a “Pressure-Step”, which is placed at a 45-degree angle
relative to the LOS, or in this case, you yard line itself.

The same receiver is now in the second step of his “Speed-cut” and his
left foot is now at the “Parallel-step” in the route.

Here is a diagram of the footwork involved in the “Comeback-cut” which is


used to create separation primarily from a defender who is now out of
his back-peddle. We now have to break away from him and come back to
the football. We use this when running a 12-yard curl, seven-step
comeback, 18-yard comeback, and, to some extent, a 4-step hitch route.
We also use some of these principles when running some types of digs,
square-ins and stick routes run primarily by the tight-end.

The receiver is going to run a curl route to his left. He has just
started his 4-step breakdown technique with his inside foot. Notice
that his stride is actually longer than his running stride. This is one of
the advantages to breaking down using this technique.

On the receiver’s second step of the breakdown, we tell him to curl up


and get compact. These specific words allow the brain to translate
the instruction to actual practice much faster than saying “get your
shoulders over your toes”.

Ron Jenkins, M.S., M.A.


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This receiver is running a seven-step comeback route (14-yards) and is
breaking to his left. On the receiver’s forth step of the breakdown, the
receiver is utilizing a “Pressure-step” which is placed at a 45-degree
angle relative to the LOS, or in this case the yard line.

The receiver is now driving out of the break (see left leg) using his
“Pressure-step” as leverage. He can create great separation using
this technique.

Here is the normal stance with defenders “off” of the receiver.


The outside foot is always back, regardless of the play, the
situation, the defense, or the route called.

Here is the stance of a receiver facing a bump and run


defender. This stance is essential for quickness, and assists
the receiver in getting into his route extremely quickly and
efficiently without getting touched by the defender. (I realize
this is hard to believe…….)

Here the receiver is using a double-move to get the


defender to jump out of the receiver’s path. The receiver
is releasing to the right (inside) to run a corner route to
the outside. The defender only gets a hand on him as the
receiver releases vertically very quickly.

C C C C C C

QB QB

QB QB

Ron Jenkins, M.S., M.A.


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Wide Receiver
Route Mechanics
Releases
Seam
Burst
Route Tree
0-route (4-step hitch)
1-route (4-step speed-out)
2-route (3-step slant)
3-route (6-step speed-out)
4-route (6-step curl)
5-route (7-step comeback)
6-route (Dig)
6-route (Square-in)
7-route (post-corner)
8-route (7-step post)
9-Route (Go)
Bump Releases
Slant Release
Top Gun Move
Attack Release Attack Release Vertical Release Vertical Release
Our most used release – Our most used release –
attack the defender where attack the defender where Used on 1's & 3's when Used on 1's & 3's when
ever he is lined up and run ever he is lined up and run DB is inside tech. DB is inside tech.
full speed at him at a point full speed at him at a point Routes used: Routes used:
right between his eyes right between his eyes 0 (at times) 1, & 3 0 (at times) 1, & 3
Routes used: Routes used:
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 9 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 9

C C

C C C C

WR WR WR WR

Seam Release Seam Release Burst Release Burst Release


Our seam is used on basic Our seam is used on basic Burst are used primarily with Burst are used primarily with
routes and used with stack- routes and used with stack- our stacked-formations our stacked-formations
formations – this release can formations – this release can However this release works However this release works
spin defenders easily if the spin defenders easily if the very well with square-in routes very well with square-in routes
proper techniques are used proper techniques are used Routes used: Routes used:
Routes used: Routes used: Stacked-formations Stacked-formations
Stacked-formations Stacked formations 0, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 9 0, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 9
Spot, smash, bench, 6, 7, & 8 Spot, smash, bench, 6, 7, & 8

5-step – 5th step 5-step – 5th step


4-step – 4th step 4-step – 4th step is a vertical is a vertical
is a vertical is a vertical pressure step pressure step
pressure step pressure step

WR WR WR WR
Seam Release

Now accelerate up-field


and the defender will be
set up to spin on your
5 next move trying to 5

over-compensate for the


postion you put him in

4 4

4th step is a vertical


pressure step
This is the most
important step in the
3 route. Make sure its 3
vertical!

2 2

1 1

At the snap of the ball, pick up


your inside foot and place it at
the angle shown
This will prevent you from
WR rolling into the seam release and WR

make the route much more


effective

QB
Burst Release

7 Now accelerate up-field 7

and the defender will be


set up to spin on your
next move trying to
over-compensate for the
postion you put him in
6 6

5th step is a vertical


pressure step
5 5
This is the most
important step in the
route. Make sure its
vertical!
4
4

3 3

2 2

At the snap of the ball, pick up


1
your outside foot and place it at 1
the angle shown. You will drive
at a slightly steeper angle than
you do using a seam release.

WR WR

QB
Base Route Tree

9 – Streak

8 – Post

6 – Square-in 7 – Post-corner

5 – Comeback
3 – Speed-out
4 – Curl

2 – Quick slant

1 – Quick Speed-out
0 – Hitch
2 – Non-quick 0 – Non-quick

WR
QB
Zero-route
Breakdown Cut
(4-step Hitch)

±6
5 5
7 7

6 6
Normally you will use an attack release
4 4
Hit your breakdown step on your 4th step
Your stride should get longer when you hit the breakdown step
Your 5th step should be a pressure step
Snap your head back to the QB as you hit your pressure step
Square your shoulders to the QB
DO NOT come back to the football – the QB should put the ball on
your outside shoulder
3 3
The ball should be at least half-way to you when you make your break
Normally you will use a slight lean inside when you catch the football
and then accelerate to the outside

2 2

1 1

WR WR

QB
1-route
Speed Cut
(4-step Speed-out)

±7-yard Depth

4
4

5 5

Hit your pressure step on your step


4th
Your stride should get longer when
you hit the pressure step.
Snap your head back to the QB as you
hit your pressure step
3 3

2 2

1 1

WR WR

QB
Quick 2-route
(3-step Slant)

5 5

As you make your break the quarterback will slow


4
you down a bit – he will NOT lead you 4

He will throw it low forcing you to the ground if


there is a safety waiting to hit you after the catch. If
the ball is low go get it!
3 3

±5-yard Depth
Stick the route on your 3th step as
2
you cross an imaginary line just to 2
the outside of your route’s path.
Use a “pressure-step!”

Accelerate off the LOS!


1 1

WR WR

QB
3-route
Speed Cut
(6-step Speed-out)

12-yard Depth
6 6

7 Hit your pressure step on your 6th step 7


Your stride should get longer when
you hit the pressure step.
Snap your head back to the QB as you
5 hit your pressure step 5

4 4

3 3

2 2

1 1

WR WR

QB
4-route
Breakdown Cut
(6-step curl)

12-yard Depth
9
Hit your pressure step on your 9th step 9

8 8

7 7
10
10

6
Start to breakdown on your 6th step 6

5 You need to accelerate for at least the first 8-yards 5

when running this route – use an attack release!

4 4

3 3

2 2

1 1

WR
WR

QB
5-route
Breakdown Cut
(7-step Comeback)

14-yard Depth
10 Hit your pressure step on your 10th step 10

9 9

11 8 8 11

7 Start to breakdown on your 7th step 7

6 6

You need to accelerate for at least the first 10-yards


when running this route – use an attack release!
5 5

4 4

3 3

2 2

1 1

WR WR

QB
6-route (Single-side Receiver)
Dig Route

±15-yard Depth

Hit your pressure step at depth.


Your stride should get longer when
you hit the pressure step.
Snap your head back to the QB as you
hit your pressure step

4 4

3 Hit your pressure step on your 4th step and 3


pop the route vertically

2 2

1 1

WR WR

QB
6-route (Two-receiver Side)
Square-in Route

Hit your pressure step at depth.


Your stride should get longer when
you hit the pressure step.
Snap your head back to the QB as you
hit your pressure step

The best way to run this route is


using a very strong vertical push!
Ideally, you want to get the safety
to think you are running a “GO”
route
The vertical push will ensure that
the safety isn’t able to anticipate
the route and hit you as you are
catching the football
The ball should be half-way to
you as you come out of the break
Use an Attack, Vertical or Burst
release on Square-in routes

WR
WR

QB
7-route
Post-corner

±11-yard Depth

Always accelerate out of the break on deep routes.


When you look back for the football, ACCELERATE! 10
10

Normally, you will stick the route on your 8th step


9 just like you would on a slant or a 7-step post 9

8
8

7 7

6 6

5 5

4 4

3 Hit your pressure step on your 4th step and 3


pop the route vertically

2 2

1 1

WR WR

QB
8-route
(7-step Post)

As you make your break you need to


9
ACCELERATE out of the break 9

8 8

±14-yard Depth
7
Stick the route on your 7th step as
7
you cross an imaginary line just to
the outside of your route’s path.
6
Use a “pressure-step!” 6

Accelerate throughout the route!

5 5

4 4

3 3

2 2

1 1

WR WR

QB
9-route
Go Route

You want to attack the defender and run right at him keeping
him in his backpedal with his shoulders square to you
Aim for a spot right between his eyes and DO NOT pick a
shoulder
When you get within striking distance, get around him as quickly
and efficiently as possible
Anticipate that he will grab you and knock his hands away
Get back on top of the defender
As you look back for the football, make a conscious effort to
ACCELERATE! We do this because it is more natural to slow
down as we look back, so we do everything we can to train
DB DB
ourselves mentally to accelerate.
You should receive the football between 42 and 44-yards from
the line of scrimmage, and no closer than 4-yards from the
sideline (when possible).

WR WR

QB
Outside Speed Release Outside Single-step Release
1) Get outside angle right now 1) Take a single jab-step to the inside behind the LOS
2) Knock down defender’s hands right now 2) 2nd step should be vertically up the field
3) Use flipper to defend against the hold 3) Knock down defender’s hands right now
4) Extremely important to get back on top as soon as possible 4) Use flipper to defend against the hold
5) Run with high knees so you won’t trip 5) Extremely important to get back on top as soon as possible
6) Run with high knees so you won’t trip
6 6

5 5

5 5

4 4

4 4

3 3

3 3

2 2

1 1
2 2
C C C C

1 1
QB QB

Outside Double-step Release


1) Take a short “punch-step” with your outside foot keeping it behind the LOS
2) Then take another short “punch-step” with the inside foot keeping it behind
the LOS as well
3) 3rd step should be vertically up the field
3) Knock down defender’s hands right now
4) Use flipper to defend against the hold
5) Extremely important to get back on top as soon as possible
6) Run with high knees so you won’t trip

7 7

6 6

5 5

4 4

3 3
C C

2 2
1 1
QB
Slant route
versus a bump defender
taking away your inside

Background:
Near the goal line many teams today use a bump and run technique on the wide receivers. Some will line really
inside of you taking away your inside release. They do this when the have NO HELP at all inside because the
safeties and the linebackers are crowding the LOS to prevent the running play from beating them across the goal
line. They now use the sideline and the back of the end zone as extra defenders. In other words, they limit the
routes they have to defend – you can’t go deep really, and you can only go so far outside before you run out of
football field. We will use this defensive strategy to our advantage. Our X receiver has to have a way to beat this
type of coverage because he is the one on the short side of the field when we are on the hash mark (about 60% of
the time).

During practice in this type of coverage, the primary route that the cornerback will defend is the fade route. If you
use a speed release outside, the defender will quickly get to full speed running with you in order to be in a position
to knock down the pass. The normal receiver will never be able to get inside the defender because there is no way
to get inside quickly off the line of scrimmage when, at the snap of the ball, the defender quickly turns his back to
the QB cutting off any angle to the inside.

The technique we will be using is our “Top Gun” release move – which works extremely well when the receiver is
quick and patient. What we will do is use our speed release at a flatter angle to get the defender to be more
aggressive running with us – he does not want to get beat to the outside fade area. Running the fade flatter makes
the defender over-compensate to catch the receiver. The receiver will explode off the line and take three quick
steps towards the fade area while staying low. The receiver will plant on his third step (pressure-step) allowing the
defender to pass bye. The receiver now knocks the defender’s hands away as he tries to grab cloth (they have to or
they will get spun around and loose you). Now get inside and come up field at an angle and catch the touchdown!

Slant-route with “Top Gun” Release

1) Get outside angle right now – make it slightly flatter than you normally would to get the DB to chase you,
2) Take three quick steps while driving downfield and staying low,
3) On your 3rd step (pressure-step) plant and allow the defender to go bye,
4) Come underneath him and push diagonally down field and catch the football,
5) Run with high knees so you won’t get tripped up by the defender.

5
5

3
3
4

2 2

1 C
1 C 1

WR WR
QB
Top Gun

The Top Gun move is one of the staples of this offense. It works at every level of football even though you will
probably only see it use at the NFL level. Get really good at this and it will open up many other routes for you.

4
4

3 3

3) At close to route-depth, slam on the breaks using a four-step breakdown


technique
2 2
4) Get compact as you go into the breakdown
5) Use a pressure-step on the 4th step of the breakdown
6) Comeback down the stem on curl routes
7) Get underneath the defender on dig and square-in routes
1 NOTE: The QB will be stepping into his throw as you start to breakdown 1

so the ball will be on you as you look for it.

3 2) It’s not necessary to get back on top of the defender – just don’t get 3
pushed outside. Use a strong vertical push up-field!

2 2

1) Use a speed release to the outside – you want him to try and outrun you.
1
You must run at for this to work! 1
C C

WR WR
RECEIVER CHECKLIST ESSENTIALS
PHASE I – STRETCH, RUNNING FORM & STARTS
□ Polymeric Stretch Routine
Stretch core for flexibility, stability and strength

□ Form Running
High knees prevents being tackled from behind

□ Starts
Eliminate all false stepping and repositioning of body at snap

Other Running Drills


1. High Knees Drill
2. Pump Arms @ 90 Degrees Drill
3. Body Lead Drill
4. Strider Drills (Build up the straight -- walk the curves)
5. Ten-yard sprint drill (1.55 or less)
6. Deep Ball Transition Drill
7. Bounding Drill
8. Lunge Drill
9. Forty-Yard Dash Start Drill
10. Stadium Stair Drill

PHASE II – RELEASES
□ Stick Drill
Help hold and turn defenders – teach “stick” – use sideline

□ Seam Drill
Reposition foot – “pop” route – helps turn a defender trying to over correct – use yard lines

□ Burst Drill
Good release angle – “pop” route – helps turn a defender trying to over correct – use yard lines

□ Vertical Release
Use time for 10-yards – 1.7

□ Attack Release
Time for 15-yards – 2.3 – run right at target

□ Seam Release
Time for 10-yards – make sure there is great pop and proper foot-angle

□ Burst Release
Time for 10-yards – make sure there is great pop and proper foot-angle

□ Play-action Release
Go Route versus pushing 5 more yards downfield

Other Release Drills


1. Bubble Screen Release Drill
2. WR Screen Drill
3. Drag / Crack Release Drill
PHASE III – BREAKS
□ Speed Cut
Start with angle – bob head on break – the go vertical – do same procedure with 12-speed out

□ Breakdown Cut
Breakdown with inside foot to keep shoulders vertical – get compact – run curl and time for 5-yards then run
comeback and time for 8-yards

Other Break Improvement Drills


1. Last five-yards of comeback / curl drill
2. Pressure-step Drill
3. Stutter-step Drill
4. Crossing Break Drill
5. Top Of The Route Single Move Drill
6. Top Of The Route Double Move Drill
7. Bounding Side to Side Drill

PHASE IV – RUN ROUTE TREE


□ Focus on depth and technique – don’t worry about catching the football here

□ Stick Work On Sideline

□ Pop Work Between Yard Lines

□ Hitch & Quick out


Both 4-steps

□ Slant 3-step
Use sideline & “stick”

□ Speed-out & Curl


Both 6-steps

□ Comeback & Post (stick)


Both 7-steps

□ Dig & Post Corner (stick)


Both off of seam release

□ Go & Square-in
Both off attack releases

□ Spot & Smash & Juke


Use same release angle

□ Drag
Also used with rub

Other Route Drills


1. Accelerate For Deep Ball Drill
2. Accelerate Out Of Break Drill
3. Serpentine Drill
4. Tip Toe Mid-break Drill
5. Scramble Drill
PHASE V – CATCHING THE FOOTBALL
□ Reach out for every pass (don’t worry about drops)
Get them in the habit of good technique

□ 1-hand drill – focus on soft fingers


Never do in game – this teaches focus and using fingertips

□ Jump to Catch Ball at Highest Point


Have someone run next to them – receiver jumps up and catches ball at highest point

□ Run at Football – catch it in front and hold it

□ Come down hill on in-routes

□ Catch ball around goal posts

□ Catch football directly overhead

□ Wrong shoulder drill

□ Sideline tap drill

Other Catching Drills


1. Run At QB Drill (high)
2. Run At QB Drill (low)
3. Over The Shoulder Drill
4. Wall bounce
5. Hot Potato
6. Spin Around And Catch The Ball Drill
7. Wrong Shoulder Drill
8. Swing Drill
9. Fade Throw Behind Drill
10. Distraction Drill
11. One Hand Face To Face Drill
12. One Hand Fade Drill
13. Crossing Throw Behind Drill
14. Sideline Tip-toe Drill
15. Bad Ball Drill
16. Diving Catch Drill
17. Catch And Gauntlet Drill
18. Comeback To The Ball Drill

PHASE VI – BUMP & RUN MECHANICS


□ Stance
□ Speed Release
□ One-step
□ Double-step
□ Get Back on Top
□ Over-the-top routes
□ Top Gun
□ Top Gun Slant
Other Bump & Run Release Drills
1. Wrist slap Drill
2. Arm Through Drill
3. Swim Drill
4. Knock Hands Away Drill
5. Bull Release Drill

Other Bump & Run Route Drills


1. Lean and Separate Drill
2. Speed out Drill
3. Knock Hands Away While Running Drill
4. Punt Cover Vs Two Defenders Drill
5. Throw Behind The DB Drill

Motion Drills
1. Motion Across Drill
2. Shuffle Step Drill
3. Fake Motion Drill
4. First Five Yards at Snap Drill

Blocking Drills
1. Cut Block Drill
2. Stalk & Cut Drill
3. Stalk Block Drill
4. Crack Block Drill
5. Convoy Drill
6. Run-off Drill
7. Hook Drill
8. Break-down Drill

Quick Feet Drills


1. Lateral Over a Football
2. Stair Drill
3. Mirror Drill
4. Hop Side to Side Drill
5. Chatter Feet Drill

Run After The Catch Drill


1. Stick And Turn Out Drill
2. Run To Your Blocker Drill
3. Set Up Your Block Drill
4. Hop To Hand Drill
5. Hand And Spin Drill
6. Hit And Spin Drill
7. Bounce Outside Drill
8. Cut-up The Seam Drill
9. Catch and Go Vertical Drill
10. Spin Drill
Switch Package
Switch Releases

Switch releases are used to confuse and /or


take advantage of individual defenders and the
Switch 866 H Up leverage they use to attempt to cover our
receivers. The outside and inside (slot)
receivers have specific releases to take in each
X Z route.
H Y

If the play call is “Switch 866 H Up” for


example, both sides will use switch releases. If
Switch Left 866 H Up
the play call is “Switch Left 866 H Up” only the
left side will use the switch release. If the play
call is “Dallas Right Switch Right” only the Right
side will use the switch release – the other side
X Z
will have the called routes..
H Y

Switch Right 66 Post

X Z
H Y

F
Switch Package
Switch Rules

If you are the outside receiver you are responsible for any blitzes / pressure coming from your side. Since you’re
negotiating your way through the defenders, its easy for your to peak at your quarterback if he needs to deliver you
the ball quickly. If not, get back vertical into your route and run it correctly at the right depth. Inside receiver, you
have to bow your release slightly to avoid collisions with a defender jamming the outside receiver. The quarterback
may give you the ball just as you pass bye a collision because of the open field you will have in front of you.
Press Right Horse 15 F Option Jack

7-steps 7-steps

5+ yards
5 yards

5-big, hitch

Press Left Horse 15 F Option Jack


Formation Denver
Play Call Horse – 15
H Route Switch Qk Speed-out
F Route Check Option
Protection Jack

Very easy strongside read for the QB -- he’ll see it before he hits
his last step in the drop. If he has a great match-up on the
weakside, go for the X

QB: 5-big, hitch. Go Z to H to Y. Quickside only when you know you have the X.

X: Slightly tighter split, but not so much the C plays outside you. Run 7-step Comeback (5).

Z: Slightly tighter split, but not so much the C plays outside you. Run 7-step Comeback (5).

Y: Switch (Horse) quick out route at 5-yards or 1st down marker.

H: Switch (Horse) quick out route at 5-yards or 1st down marker.

F: Check Option Route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Press Right Horse Spot – 3 F Option Jack

6-steps
6-steps

5 yards

5-roll 5-quick (roll)

Press Left Horse Spot 3 F Option Jack


Formation Denver
Play Call Horse – Spot 3
H Route Switch Spot
F Route Check Option
Protection Jack

Good 3 and 4 to 5 play. If they play off one of your outside


receivers, give him the ball. If they play press, go to your spot
routes and make sure your receivers get to first down depth.

QB: If you have one of the outside receivers, take him. Otherwise you are reading your switch (hay) spot routes inside
out.

X: Slightly tighter split, but not so much the C plays outside you. Run 6-step speed-out. Convert to fade versus Kick.

Z: Slightly tighter split, but not so much the C plays outside you. Run 6-step speed-out. Convert to fade versus Kick.

Y: Switch (Horse) spot route at 5-yards or 1st down marker.

H: Switch (Horse) spot route at 5-yards or 1st down marker.

F: Check Option Route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Press Right Horse 826 H Chase Jack

15 yards

7-steps

5 yards 5 yards

5-hitch 7-quick, -hitch

Press Left Horse 826 H Chase Jack


Formation Press
Play Call 826 H Chase
H Route Switch Drag
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

Very easy strongside read for the QB -- he’ll see it before he hits
his last step in the drop. If he has a great match-up on the
weakside, go for the X. Good rhythm play for the QB.

QB: 7-quick hitch - don’t be afraid to let the ball go early if it’s there. Go Y to H to Z. Y is hot.

X: Normal split.

Z: Wider split – run 15 yard square-in route (6).

Y: Switch (Horse) run Drag route (non-quick 2). You are always hot on Hay Switch passes.

H: Switch (Horse) run Chase route at 5 yards.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Dallas Right Switch Quick All Spot Jack

5 yards 5 yards

5-quick

Dallas Left Switch Quick All Spot Jack


Formation Dallas, Denver
Play Call Switch Quick All Spot
H Route Switch Spot
F Route Quick Pass Protect
Protection Quick • Jack

Great rhythm play for the quarterback. Use motion, shifting,


anything you want for this play. You will have guys wide open –
just make sure the QB gets rid of the ball before the break of the
receiver. Run under center (UC) or out of gun.

QB: 5-quick (UC) 3-quick (Gun). Always read inside out because the inside will open before the outside route will.

X: Switch Spot – get to 5 yards depth

Z: Switch Spot – get to 5 yards depth

Y: Switch Spot – get to 5 yards depth

H: Switch Spot – get to 5 yards depth

F: Quick pass protect. Get the defender’s hands down.

Protection: Quick • Jack – listen for specific call


Dallas Right Switch Left Quick 11 Jack

5+ yards 5 yards 4-steps


4-steps
(breakdown)

3-roll
5-quick

Dallas Left Switch Right Quick 11 Jack


Formation Dallas
Play Call Switch Right Quick 11
H Route Switch Speed-out (1)
F Route Quick Pass Protect
Protection Quick • Jack

Man or roll go to the switch side, and off go to the regular side.
Easy pitch and catch throw. Make sure of great spacing with this
pattern.

QB: 5-quick roll to the switch-side, 3-roll to the regular side. Press man or kick go switch, off man go deep zone go
regular side. You read outside in because the outside routes will break first.

X: Switch breakdown quick out (1) Get to 5 yards minimum

Z: Quick speed-out (1) four-steps

Y: Breakdown quick out (1) four-steps

H: Switch quick speed-out (1) get to 5 yards depth and make sure you have a good vertical push in your route.

F: Quick pass protect. Get the defender’s hands down.

Protection: Quick • Jack – listen for specific call


Dallas Right Switch Left Quick 22 Jack

5 yards 5 yards
3-steps

1-3-steps

3-tap
5-quick

Dallas Left Switch Right Quick 22 Jack


Formation Dallas
Play Call Switch Right Quick 22
H Route Switch Speed-out (2)
F Route Quick Pass Protect
Protection Quick • Jack

Man or roll go to the switch side, and off go to the regular side.
Easy pitch and catch throw. Make sure of great spacing with this
pattern.

QB: 5-quick roll to the switch-side; read inside out because that is the timing that the routes will opening at. 3-roll to
the regular side. 3-tap to the regrular side because on double slants you always go outside in on the reads.

X: Switch Slant route at 5 yards.

Z: Quick Slant at 3-steps, and attack defender.

Y: Quick Slant – never go outside defender – run a drag if you have to because it opens the throwing lane for the Z.

H: Switch quick Slant (2) get to 5 yards depth and make sure you have a good vertical push in your route.

F: Quick pass protect. Get the defender’s hands down.

Protection: Quick • Jack – listen for specific call


Dallas Right Switch Right 33 F Choice Jack

6-steps 12 yards
6-steps 11 yards

Outlet

5-roll 7-quick, hitch

Dallas Left Switch Right Quick 11 Jack


Formation Dallas
Play Call Switch Right 33
H Route Breakdown out (3)
F Route Check Choice
Protection Jack
Man or roll go to the switch side, and off go to the regular side.
Easy pitch and catch throw. Make sure of great spacing with this
pattern. Outside breaking switch routes are always hot because
they can easily see blitz. Also, the X can also be a hot guy staying
on his route. The ball should be gone before the blitz gets there.

QB: 5-quick roll to the switch-side to the regular side, go X to H. 7-qk, hitch, to the switch, work outside in because of
how the routes will open up timing-wise. Remember, your outside switch routes are always hot.

X: Normal to tighter split – run 6-step Speed-out (3). Fade versus “kick” corner.

Z: Switch release 3 route using breakdown technique to create separation from Y. You are the HOT receiver because
you are outside coming in, and it is easy for you to see the overloaded blitz.

Y: Switch release 3 route using speed-out technique to create separation from Z

H: Six-step breakdown (to create separation from X) 3 route.

F: Check Choice Route

Protection: Quick • Jack – listen for specific call


Dallas Right Switch Spot – 7 F Choice Jack

10 yards 10 yards

5 yards

7-quick, hitch

Dallas Left Switch Spot – 7 F Choice Jack


Formation Dallas
Play Call Switch Spot – 7 F Choice
H Route Switch Spot
F Route Check Choice
Protection Jack

Great cover two, quarters or man pass pattern. Later in the game if
you have had success with this play, send the F on an Up. He will
be wide open.

QB: 7-quick, hitch. Pick a side and read inside out. The wide side of the field is usually the best choice. All Switch
passes have the outside receivers hot.

X: Wider split but don’t be too far away from H. Run Switch Corner (7) and you are hot.

Z: Wider split but don’t be too far away from Y. Run Switch Corner (7) and you are hot.

Y: Switch release Spot route at 5 yards.

H: Switch release Spot route at 5 yards.

F: Check Choice route. Tell coaching staff if you think you have an Up route open.

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Dallas Right Switch 768 H Chase Queen

10 yards

10 yards 10 yards

4 yards

5-quick, hitch

Dallas Left Switch 768 H Chase Queen


Formation Dallas
Play Call 768 H Chase
H Route Switch Chase
F Route Check Swing
Protection Queen

Third and long when you expect a 3 or 4 man rush.

QB: Gun – go 5-quick, hitch and pick a side. If the rush comes, the contingency plan should be open.

X: Wider split but don’t be too far away from H. Run Switch Corner (7) and you are hot.

Z: Wider split but don’t be too far away from H. Run Switch Post (8) and you are hot.

Y: Switch release Square-in route at 15 yards. Make sure you sell the Go route.

H: Switch release Chase route at 5 yards.

F: Check Swing route.

Protection: Queen – listen for specific call


Dallas Right Switch 866 H Up Jack

10 yards 10 yards

7-quick, hitch

Dallas Left Switch 866 H Up Jack


Formation Dallas
Play Call Switch 866 H Up Jack
H Route Switch Up
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack
Put the Post to the wide side of the field. The F running the Swing
will make it easier for the X to get through traffic. Read inside-out
on this play due to the timing of the receivers opening up.
Remember that on all switch route, the outside receivers are
naturally hot because they are looking inside on their releases.

QB: 7-quick, hitch. Pick a side and read inside out. The wide side of the field is usually the best choice. All Switch
passes have the outside receivers hot.

X: Wider split but don’t be too far away from H. Run Switch Post (8) and you are hot.

Z: Switch release square-in route at 10 yards – you are hot.

Y: Switch release square-in at 15 yards. You need great vertical push to sell the Go route.

H: Switch release Go route. Make sure you have great separation from X.

F: Check Swing Route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Dallas Right Switch Right 88 - Dig Jack

15 yards
15 yards

10 yards 10 yards

7-quick, hitch

Dallas Left Switch 88-Dig Jack


Formation Dallas
Play Call Switch Right 88-Dig
H Route Switch Post
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack
If they are playing bump, go to the switch side. If they are playing
off, go to the vertical release side – generally speaking. You can
also put the H in motion coming out of the backfield, or coming
across the formation. Good man beater, but your QB has to get
rid of the ball before the receiver makes his break!

QB: 7-quick, hitch. Pick a side and read inside out. Versus Man go switch side; versus off, go vertical release side.

X: Wider split but don’t be too far away from H. Run Switch Post (8) and you are hot.

Z: Run Square-in (6) route at 15 yards

Y: Run Square-in at 10 yards. Avoid getting jammed by using strong vertical push.

H: Switch release Post route. Make sure you have great separation from X.

F: Check Swing Route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Press Right Haze 862 H Chase Jack

7-steps 11 yards

5-quick, hitch 7-quick, hitch

Press Left Haze 862 H Chase Jack


Formation Press
Play Call Haze 862 H Chase
H Route Switch Chase
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

A great 3rd and short play when you have to throw the ball. You
can motion the H or better yet, motion the Z into the formation.

QB: 5-quick hitch if going to X based on corner leverage and safety. 7-quick, hitch to switch side. Go Z to Y to H and
you have Z hot right now.

X: Normal to wider split – run 7-step Post (8).

Z: Switch release Drag (non-quick 2). You are the HOT receiver because you are outside coming in, and it is easy for
you to see the overloaded blitz.

Y: Speed release square-in (6).

H: Switch Chase route.

F: Check Swing Route

Protection: Quick • Jack – listen for specific call


Trunk Right Horse 528 H Dig Jack

7-steps
7-steps

10 yards

5 yards

5 – big, hitch

Trunk Left 528 H Dig Jack


Formation Trunk
Play Call 528 H Dig
H Route Switch Dig
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

Another easy read for the QB. If he has X, he takes him. If not,
he goes through his Dig – Drag Read.

QB: 5-big, hitch - don’t be afraid to let the ball go early if it’s there. Go to X if you have him. If not, go Y to H, but be
alert for Z versus Quarters.

X: Normal split – run 7-step (14 yard) comeback route (5).

Z: Wider split – run 7-step Post route (8).

Y: Switch (Horse) run Drag route (2). You are always hot on Horse (Switch type) passes.

H: Switch (Horse) run Dig route at 10 yards.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Trunk Right Horse 628 H Chase Jack

15 yards

7-steps

5 yards 5 yards

7-quick, hitch

Trunk Left 628 H Chase Jack


Formation Trunk
Play Call 628 H Chase
H Route Switch Chase
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

Very much like our normal 628 play except you’re giving yourself
an easy #3 receiver or outlet pass that should be wide open if the
first two options are covered.

QB: 7-quick hitch - don’t be afraid to let the ball go early if it’s there. Go X to Y to H. Y is hot.

X: Normal split – run 15 yard Dig (6) route.

Z: Wider split – run 7-step Post (8) route.

Y: Switch (Horse) run Drag route (non-quick 2). You are always hot on Horse (Switch type) passes.

H: Switch (Horse) run Chase route at 5 yards.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Press Right Spot – 5 H Spot Jack

7-steps
7-steps

6 yards

5-big, hitch

Press Left Spot – 5 H Spot Jack


Formation Press, Crush
Play Call Horse Spot – 5 H Spot
H Route (Switch) Spot
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

Pick a side and stay with it. MFO go to strong-side; MFC go to


weak-side unless X is doubled.

QB: 5-big, hitch – Get a pre-snap and when going to strong-side and Y to H to Z. You might also have the Z as the
Primary.

X: Normal split – run 7-step Comeback (5) route.

Z: Wider split – run 7-step Comeback (5) route.

Y: Switch (Horse) run Spot route. You are HOT.

H: Switch (Horse) run Spot route - you’ll get the ball at about 6 yards.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Trunk Right Horse 625 H Up Jack

15 yards
7-steps

5 yards

7-quick, hitch 5-big, hitch

Trunk Left 625 H Up Jack


Formation Trunk
Play Call 625
H Route Up
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

A double-read play. The QB comes to the LOS and makes a


eliminates one of the reads with a pre-snap evaluation.

QB: 7-quick hitch – if you go to the X to Y. Y is HOT. Five-big, hitch if you see three-deep or 1-free on the strong-
side.

X: Normal split – run 15 yard Dig (6) route.

Z: Wider split – run 7-step Comeback (5) route.

Y: Switch (Horse) run drag route (2) route and look right away. You are HOT.

H: Switch (Horse) run Up route - you’ll get the ball at about 8 yards.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Press Right Horse 62-Zero H Corner Jack

15 yards

10 yards

5 yards 4-steps

7-quick, hitch

Press Left 67-Zero H Chase Jack


Formation Press
Play Call 62-Zero H Corner
H Route Switch Corner
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

One of our “2-progression plays. The QB will get a pre-snap read


and go to either of the progressions. Versus MFO, he will go to
the Corner-Hitch progression, and Versus MFC he will go to the
Dig-Drag progression

QB: 7-quick hitch – Go H to Z versus MFO, and X to Y versus MFC.

X: Normal split – run 15 yard Dig (6) route.

Z: Wider split – run 4-step Hitch (Zero) route.

Y: Switch (Horse) run Drag route (non-quick 2). You are always hot on Horse (Switch type) passes.

H: Switch (Horse) run Corner route at 10 yards.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Press Right Horse 866 H Stop Jack

15 yards

7-steps
10 yards

5 yards

5-hitch 7-quick, -hitch

Press Left Horse 866 H Stop Jack


Formation Press, Trunk
Play Call 866 H Stop
H Route Switch Stop
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

Use the double square-in read. Key off the Strong Safety area.

QB: 7-quick hitch - don’t be afraid to let the ball go early if it’s there. Go Y to Z to H. Y is hot.

X: Normal split. Run 7-step Post (8) route.

Z: Wider split – run 15 yard square-in route (6).

Y: Switch (Horse) run Dig route (6). You are always hot on Horse (Switch type) passes.

H: Switch (Horse) run Stop route at 5 yards.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Trunk Right Horse 816 H Dig Jack

15 yards

7-steps
10 yards

5 yards

5-hitch 7-quick, -hitch

Trunk Left Horse 816 H Dig Jack


Formation Trunk
Play Call 816 H Out
H Route Switch Quick Out
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

Use the double square-in read. Key off the Strong Safety area.

QB: 7-quick hitch - don’t be afraid to let the ball go early if it’s there. Go H to Z to Y. Y is hot.

X: Normal split. Run 7-step Post (8) route.

Z: Wider split – run 15 yard square-in route (6).

Y: Switch (Horse) run Quick Out route (1). You are always hot on Horse (Switch type) passes.

H: Switch (Horse) run Dig route at 10 yards.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Denver Right Switch 860 H Dig Jack

15 yards

7-steps
10 yards

5 yards

5-hitch 7-quick, -hitch

Denver Left Switch 860 H Dig Jack


Formation Denver
Play Call 860 H Dig
H Route Dig Route
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

Use the double square-in read. Key off the Strong Safety area.
Very common play in the offense, but attacks the defense
differently. Same read for the quarterback

QB: 7-quick hitch - don’t be afraid to let the ball go early if it’s there. Go H to Y to Z. Z is hot.

X: Normal split. Run 7-step Post (8) route.

Z: Wider split – Switch Hitch (0) route at 5 yards – you are Hot right now.

Y: Switch run deep Square-in route (6) at 15 yards.

H: Run 10 yard Dig route at 10 yards using attack release

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Denver Right Switch 8-Chase-6 H Zero Jack

7-steps 10 yards

5 yards
5 yards

5-hitch 7-quick, -hitch

Formation Denver Denver Left Switch 8-Chase-6 H Zero Jack

Play Call 8-Chase-6 H Zero


H Route Zero Route
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

Drag – Dig read for the quarterback. Nice change up with regard
to attacking the defense. Good against zone, great against man.

QB: 7-quick hitch - don’t be afraid to let the ball go early if it’s there. Go H to Z to Y. Z is hot.

X: Normal split. Run 7-step Post (8) route.

Z: Wider split – Switch Square-in route (6) route at 10 yards – you are Hot right now.

Y: Switch run Chase route at 5 yards.

H: Run 5 yard Zero route.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Press Right Haze 3-Smash-2 H Chase Jack

6-steps

5-roll 5-quick, hitch

Press Left Haze 3-Smash-2 H Chase Jack


Formation Press
Play Call Haze 3-Smash-2 H Chase
H Route Switch Chase
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack
Very good goal line play provided the routes are run precisely. The
defenders will get lost. The QB basically has to throw to the first
open man he sees – looking for the slants 1st and then going to the
smash coming open slightly later. He still has the backside X if he
has a great match-up.

QB: 5-roll if going to X based on corner leverage and safety. 5-quick, hitch to switch side. Go Z to H to Y and you
have Z hot right now.

X: Normal to tighter split – run 6-step Sideline (3).

Z: Switch release Drag (non-quick 2). You are the HOT receiver. Make sure you go ABOVE the Y running the
Smash route – that is your responsibility.

Y: Shallow Smash route – feel the route – Z will avoid you.

H: Switch Chase route.

F: Check Swing Route

Protection: Quick • Jack – listen for specific call


Press Right Haze Rub-Smash-2 H Shoot Jack

7-quick, hitch

Press Left Haze Rub-Smash-2 H Shoot Jack


Formation Press
Play Call Haze 3-Smash-2 H Chase
H Route Switch Chase
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack
Very good goal line play provided the routes are run precisely. The
defenders will get lost. The QB basically has to throw to the first
open man he sees – looking for the slants 1st and then going to the
smash coming open slightly later. He still has the backside X if he
has a great match-up.

QB: 5-rol if going to X based on corner leverage and safety. 5-quick, hitch to switch side. Go Z to H to Y and you
have Z hot right now.

X: Normal to tighter split – run 6-step Sideline (3).

Z: Switch release Drag (non-quick 2). You are the HOT receiver. Make sure you go ABOVE the Y running the
Smash route – that is your responsibility.

Y: Shallow Smash route – feel the route – Z will avoid you.

H: Switch Chase route.

F: Check Swing Route

Protection: Quick • Jack – listen for specific call


Press Right Horse 67-Zero H Chase Jack

15 yards

10 yards

5 yards 4-steps

7-quick, hitch

Press Left 67-Zero H Chase Jack


Formation Press
Play Call 67-Zero H Chase
H Route Switch Chase
F Route Check Swing
Protection Jack

One of our deep reads. We go for the corner route – the corner
should be focused on the Hitch route and we sneak the Y into the
back of the end zone. If the safety covers the Corner, we look
quickly to the Dig and then down to the Chase.

QB: 7-quick hitch - don’t be afraid to let the ball go early if it’s there. Go Y to X to H. Y and Z are hot.

X: Normal split – run 15 yard Dig (6) route.

Z: Wider split – run 4-step Hitch (Zero) route.

Y: Switch (Horse) run Corner route (7). You are always hot on Horse (Switch type) passes.

H: Switch (Horse) run Chase route at 5 yards.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Jack – listen for specific call


Denver Right Switch Quick Drive-72 H Zero Jack

15 yards

7 yards

5 yards 5 yards

5-quick, reset

Denver Left Switch Quick Drive-72 H Zero Jack


Formation Denver
Play Call Quick Drive-72
H Route Zero
F Route Check Swing
Protection Quick Jack

Good goal line play at 5 – 10 yards. Quick progression for the QB


and a backside Drive route from the X that may be open late.

QB: 5-quick, reset - Go H to Z to Y. If you get into trouble late, look to X in the back of the end zone.

X: Tighter split. Run Drive route and hug the back of the end zone.

Z: Wider split – Switch Quick Corner (7) route at 7 yards – you are Hot right now.

Y: Switch run Slant (2) route at 5 yards.

H: Run 3-step Zero route.

F: Check Swing route

Protection: Quick Jack – listen for specific call